"...the global video-game market was worth around $56 billion last year. That is more than twice the size of the recorded-music industry, nearly a quarter more than the magazine business and about three-fifths the size of the film industry, counting DVD sales as well as box-office receipts"
With the huge growth of the video games industry, it has opened up the door to all new possibilities. For example Twitch.tv, a video game streaming website where players can broadcast their game live, while chatting with their audience. This company was recently acquired by Amazon for $970 million. Not to mention there are plenty of international video game competitive leagues filled with sponsored teams and players who make a living playing video games.
Out of all these new possibilities, one has caught my eye as being the most noble. Extra-Life is a website that helps players raise funds by playing video games. The proceeds go to your choice of any children's hospital that is part of the Children's Miracle Network. In 2012 this organization brought together 17,000 gamers and raised over $2,100,000 for the cause. Take the time to check out the story about how this unique idea came into existence: